The one with the yogi vocab

Namaste. Om. Shanti.


Let’s be real here, yoga words can sound a little weird if you’re new to the game.

The first time I heard a teacher talk about shanti in class, I thought she was a little shanti. And by shanti I mean crazy. Now, however, I am way more used to the lingo and it definitely helps me in yoga classes to not feel weirded out whenever the teacher says something in Sanskrit.

I just wanted to share this cute little article I found on Yoga Journal (I pretty much stalk their site because it is amazing, I am not even ashamed to admit this). Succint explanations of the five basic yoga terms that will probably be pretty helpful to know 🙂



I personally quite like this version of Namaste: Namaste(Image from here: )

Did you know what these words meant?– I don’t think I realized what any of them meant until about five years in to my practice 🙂



About kiwiyogirunner

I'm a kiwi girl travelling the world and staying grounded through yoga and running! Come hang out and be besties with me while I attempt to navigate my crazy life :) For more details check out my About page!
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10 Responses to The one with the yogi vocab

  1. Sally says:

    Namaste beautiful yoginis ;p


  2. Avril says:

    Om–AUM is considered to be a spiritual path in and of itself. According to the Yoga Sutras ( meditation (or chanting with deep reverence and devotion) brings all attainments. Additionally, Om is not really a sound–it’s a vibration (yes, sound is vibratory) that reflects a myraid of states of consciousness. Good luck on your exploration.


  3. runsaltrun says:

    I DO I DO! And I LOVE this post! I remember thinking it all sounded insane too. Class has become even more enjoyable now that I know the meaning behind things. 🙂

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  4. I knew what some of these words meant before (om, yoga, namaster), but not all of them. It’s so great that you do both yoga and running since running tightens up your muscles and yoga loosens them up!

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